I don't smoke, but my boyfriend does. I really want to help him stop smoking - what can I do?
The bottom line is that in order to quit smoking, your boyfriend has to want to quit. And because nicotine is so addictive, it can be difficult. But there are things you can suggest that may help him in the meantime. Just knowing that he has your support can make him more likely to succeed. Offer to help him devise a quitting plan - this might mean choosing a quitting date, encouraging him to speak to his doctor about a nicotine replacement, helping him to stay focused once he stops, and figuring out a good way to reward himself once he's reached his goal. Remind him (without nagging or preaching) of the benefits of quitting, including all the money he'll be able to save. And remember that ultimately he has to decide whether he's ready to quit - but your support and encouragement can make a difference.
For more information, check out these articles:
Reviewed by: Neil Izenberg, MD
Date reviewed: January 2004
Have a question? Email us.
We regret that we can't reply to any email inquiry. Although we can't reply personally, you may see your question posted to this page in the future. If you're looking for medical advice, a diagnosis, or treatment, consult your doctor or other qualified medical professional. If this is an emergency, contact emergency services in your area.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2016 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.